Media Matters notes that Oliver North asked why Dean hadn’t denounced anti-gay protesters at soldiers’ funerals, and implied that the protesters — Fred Phelps and family — may be “liberals” or Democratic supporters. Ollie missed the point. Maybe the reason Dean hasn’t denounced them is because he wants their votes.

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Hmmm. I guess I’d better pick up the place a bit now that Wonkette knows where I live.

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Reprieve for Iraqi Gays?

Nobody else is talking about this yet, so I might as well since — as I’ve noted before — there hasn’t been much discussion in the blogosphere about the hunting of Iraqi gays by religious death squads. Iraqi gay men may have caught a break, no thanks to us, now that the fatwa has been partially lifted.

Iraqi gays are claiming success following the decision of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to remove from his website a fatwa calling for the killing of homosexuals in the “worst, most severe way possible”.

The removal on May 10 follows protests to Sistani by the London office of the Iraqi gay rights organisation, Iraqi LGBT, which represents a clandestine network of lesbian and gay activists inside Iraq’s major cities, including Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Hilla, Duhok and Basra.

Following two weeks of negotiations with Iraqi LGBT – UK, Sistani’s office agreed to remove the fatwa calling for the murder of gay men, but has curiously refused to remove the fatwa urging punishment for lesbianism.

One wonders how much negotiation it will take before Iraqi lesbians are off the endangered list too.

It’s puzzling when not being marked for death is actually a sign of progress. But it shouldn’t be, because when you think about it, that’s the bottom line of tolerance. Tolerance amounts to simply being allowed to exist, and comes with the unspoken condition that tolerance can be removed if one asks for too much more.

Some fringe benefits of tolerance might be privileges like being able to live where you choose and not have your house burned down, or being able to go about your business relatively unharnessed. But it can, and usually does, come with the price of having to accept a certain degree of injustice, because tolerance is not the same as equality. It’s not supposed to be.

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Revision Revisited

Remember that book? Yeah, I know. I kind of forgot about it too.

The manuscript of the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year has been sitting on my desk since the beginning of this year. When I pulled it out of the drawer that had been its home since the end of November, I had every intention of going full throttle into National Novel Writing Month; NaNoEdMo, that is. I even gotten a few pages into it. Then I learned that my dad’s cancer had returned, and was terminal. So …

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Listening to Laura

Maybe Bush should try listening to his wife instead of hiding behind her skirts. Normally, I wouldn’t pay much attention to what Laura Bush says or thinks. And that’s usually because she’s usually prattling on about stuff like not believing polls.

First lady Laura Bush said on Sunday she does not believe opinion polls showing her husband’s approval ratings at record low levels.

Interviewed on Fox News Sunday, Laura Bush said she did not think people were losing confidence in President George W. Bush, despite a series of polls showing support for him at its lowest point in his five-year presidency and among the lowest for any president in the past 50 years.

“I don’t really believe those polls. I travel around the country. I see people, I see their responses to my husband. I see their response to me,” she said.

“As I travel around the United States, I see a lot of appreciation for him. A lot of people come up to me and say, ‘Stay the course’.”

Of course, if she’s seeing the same crowds her husband is seeing, they’re usually handpicked to guarantee that citizens who disagree with the Dubya are weeded out before he enters the arena. Because George is afraid to face anyone who doesn’t adore him. And apparently he’s so afraid of his own polling — which indicates that a majority of American’s aren’t enamored of him, his job performance, or his party at the moment — that he sends Laura out to deal with it while he cowers behind her skirts.

But there’s something else that makes me wonder if George is listening to Laura when she’s talking to him and isn’t scripted by his handlers. Basically, it’s this little tidbit: Laura is telling George and any other Republicans who will listen, “don’t run on a gay marriage ban this year.”

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links for 2006-05-14

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Gore on SNL: Laugh or Cry?

Perhaps Both. Al Gore gives a speech on last night’s SNL, as though he’d become president in 2000. It would be funnier, if it weren’t also more than a little sad. Video and transcript below the fold.
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Man, you just know someone’s gonna find a way to blame Prius owners for this.

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Is It Fitzmas Yet?

Apparently, this is just breaking. Karl Rove has been indicted on charges of perjury and lying to investigators.

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.

During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.

TalkLeft says Rove could avoid prison by pleading guilty and continuing to cooperate, and the 15-hour meeting between Fitzgerald and Roves’s attorney’s means they might be hammering our such a deal.

And then there’s the recent filing from Scooter Libby in the Plame case, which raises some interesting questions about Dick Cheney too.

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Thanks to Bolo Boffin for reminding me of the Dean I used to know, at a time when I think  barely recognize the guy. Oh well, I still have the memories

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links for 2006-05-13

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GA Tech Sez “To Heck With Bigots”

I posted earlier about some wingnuts suing Georgia Tech, and the meme about the intolerance of intolerance is the “new intolerance” (or is that the tolerance of intolerance in the “new tolerance”?), but it got eaten in the last database crash and I never got it back.

But that’s not going to stop me from cheering Georgia Tech — something normally verboten for a Georgia Bulldog like myself — for backing up its inclusive policies and saying “to heck with bigots.”

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Are the rumors killing you as much as they’re killing me? The latest is that in the pas week Rove told Bush and Bolton he will be indicted and will resign once Fitzgerald announces the charges.

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links for 2006-05-12

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While Dean, henceforth known as "the ex", falls back on the lame old excuse of "he didn’t really mean anything to me", his new boyfriend is sounding crazier by the day. Oh well. I hope they’re happy together.

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